Ongoing Children's Programs
Learn more about "Reading to the Dogs" - The next Reading to the Dogs or Reading to the Cat & Dogs programs will be: Saturday, April 12: 2 to 3 p.m. We have not yet set the dates for the summer sessions, which will be in June and July. Please check the children's page for the dates after June 1. There will be no program in May. Registration is always required by the day before the reading session.
Lapsit for babies & toddlers who are too young to sit quietly for the regular story time and their parents or other caregivers. Mondays at 10:30 am and 11:15 am in the Children's Program Room. Lead by Volunteer Amanda Barche Lindberg from Ivy Tech. This is a good opportunity for families to make new friends and have fun at the library.
Story time is held each Tuesday at 10:30 am, Thursday at 4:00 pm, and Friday at 10:30 am in the Children's Program Room. Come and listen to Miss Linda read stories and help children create a craft. Parents and caregivers are expected to attend with their children. Programs are designed for 2 to 5 year olds, but older children are welcome to attend.
Many other special programs are held throughout the year.
April 2014 Children's Department News
Preschool story times: Tuesday & Friday: 10:30 a.m.; Thursdays at 4:00 p.m.
Story times are for children ages 2 and older and their families or caregivers.
Location: Children's Activity Room. No Registration
April 1, 3 & 4: Laugh with three new silly stories, Duck to the Rescue, Warning: Do Not Open This Book! and Moo.
April 8, 10 & 11: Explore the world of Peter Rabbit and several of his friends while listening to stories written by Beatrix Potter. We will make a rabbit craft.
April 15, 17 & 18: New books: Maria had a Little Llama, Sparky, and You Know What I Love?
April 22, 24 & 25: Stories about spring and weather: Superworm and The Wind Blew.
April 29, May 1 & 2: New stories: Itsy Bitsy Spider and The Girl Who Wouldn't Brush her Hair.
Lap Sit every Monday at 10:30 and 11:15 a.m. in the children's activity room, first floor.
This program is for babies, toddlers, and their parents or caregivers. Make new friends, listen to simple stories, and learn finger plays and songs.
***Special Programs for children and their Families or Caregivers***
Dog Crafts for Kids
Saturday, April 5: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Children's Activity Room
After petting the therapy dogs from Therapy Dogs International in the lobby near the children's area, come to the activity room and make a dog craft. There will be a choice of 6 crafts for kids to make.
Therapy Dogs International (TDI) "Meet & Greet"
Saturday, April 5: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
1st floor, between the entrance to the children's department and the elevator
Members of Therapy Dogs International and their pet partners who listen to children read to them at the WLPL will be visiting today. They will introduce their special pets and tell about their therapy animal program. Several of the dogs will be excited to meet everyone, too. Please come & greet them!
Author Sandra Sondgeroth will read "Raisin & Pepper: How They Learn to Share and Care"
Saturday, April 5: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Place: Children's department. Listen to Mrs. Sondgeroth read her story about pets. Copies of her book will be available to purchase.
Ride the Boiler Maker Special!
The Boiler Maker Special will be at the library from 1 to 2:00 p.m. Free rides for everyone! (Please note time change.)
Caring Paws "Meet & Greet"
Sunday, April 6: 1 to 3:00 p.m.
1st floor, between the entrance to the children's department and the elevator
Members of Caring Paws and their pet partners who listen to children read to them at the WLPL will be visiting today. They will introduce their special pets and tell about their therapy animal program. Several dogs & Grizzly (the cat) will be excited to meet everyone, too. Please come & greet them!
If you have a pet dog, cat, or rabbit you feel would be a good therapy animal, this is a great opportunity to meet some Caring Paws members and learn about this program.
For information about Caring Paws, please consult caring-paws.org.
Pet Crafts for Kids
Sunday, April 6: 1 to 4 p.m. Children's Activity Room
After petting the therapy dogs and cat from Caring Paws in the lobby near the children's area, come to the activity room and make a dog, cat, or rabbit craft. There will be a choice of 6 crafts for kids to make.
Saturday, April 12 Time: 1 to 2 p.m. Place: Walnut & Elm Rooms
Children in preschool through grade 6 will have the opportunity to build with the library's collection of Lego blocks. Children who are younger than 8 must be accompanied by an adult. No fee or registration. Come and build and have fun!
Reading to the Cat and Dogs!
Saturday, April 12 Time: 2 to 3 p.m. Place: Children's Activity Room, 1st floor
Registration required by Friday, April 11
Presented by members of Caring Paws. Come and read to a certified therapy cat or dog. Readers should bring a book from home or select one when they arrive at the library. Children who are not yet reading are invited to visit and pet the cat and dogs at 3 p.m. This program is for children ages 4 and older.
*** Special Events for Everyone ***
WLPL Spring Book Fair
Friday, April 4, through Friday, April 11
Come to the second floor of the library and find wonderful bargains! Check our website for the hours of the sale. It's a great way to support your family's library and add to your collection of books and movies.
Friday, April 4 "Friends of the WLPL Only" Time: 6:30 to 8:30
Join the Friends at the Check Out desk at any time or at the door on the night of the sale.
Saturday, April 5: 10 to 5
Sunday, April 6: 1 to 5 (Half Price Sale)
Monday, April 7: $3/bag sale 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Tuesday, April 8 through Friday, April 11: $1/bag sale
Check the web site and posters in the library the week before the sale for other activities, including book chats and door prizes on Saturday.
Saturday, April 5: Dog Crafts for Kids
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Children's Activity Room
Therapy Dogs International "Meet and Greet" 11a.m. – 2 p.m.; lobby
Author Sandra Sondgeroth will read her book "Raisin & Pepper: How They Learn to Share and Care" (11 – 2) Books will be available to purchase.
Ride the Purdue Boiler Maker Special 1 to 2:30
Sunday, April 6: Pet Crafts for Kids
1 to 4 p.m. Children's Activity Room
Caring Paws "Meet and Greet" 1 – 3 p.m.; lobby
Coming soon ... 2014 Summer Reading Program
The summer reading program this year is titled "Fizz, Boom, Read!" It is for children who are age 2 through those who have just completed grade 6. They will receive a bag, a bookmark, and a reading record form on which they will list the books they read or the time they spend reading during the summer. Parents of pre-school children will record the titles of books that they read to their children. Registration for the summer reading club will begin on Friday, May 23. Children will collect 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes during June and July as they work toward and reach their reading goals. We will also have an "end of summer" prize drawing for children who reach their summer reading goals.
There will be special events on Wednesdays and many Saturdays during June and July.
Please check our website after May 1, for more information about this exciting and popular program.
There will be teen and adult reading clubs this summer, too.
Reading to the Dogs & Cat
Reading to the Cat and Dogs! and Reading to the Dogs!
At the West Lafayette Public Library, we are very fortunate to have members of two different therapy animal organizations bring their registered therapy animals to the library about 9 or 10 times a year. Children reserve a 15 minute time period for reading to the therapy animals. They may check out books at the library to read or bring favorite books from home. The reading dates are announced on the children's web page, in the children's department newsletter, and on posters in the children's department. At the end of the reading session, families with children who are not yet reading are welcome to visit the animals and talk to their partners. When people first hear about reading to therapy animals, their usual response is "Why would anyone want to read to a dog?" or "Do the dogs really listen?" The members of the Caring Paws organizations believe that dogs have a calming effect on most children and have helped children improve their read-a-loud skills.
Therapy animals have been coming to the WLPL for 7 years. The children's department is very happy to sponsor this popular program and appreciates greatly the people who volunteer time to bring their much-loved pets to the library.
About Caring Paws
Caring Paws is a non-profit, volunteer organization based in the Greater Lafayette area. Caring Paws members visit nursing homes, retirement centers, schools, hospitals, and libraries seeking trained and registered therapy animals to interact with their patients, residents, and students.
All Caring Paws volunteer teams have been evaluated by a major national animal therapy organization, Pet Partners (formerly Delta Society). With a registered therapy animal, a facility can be assured of a visit from a pet and partner who will provide a safe and enjoyable experience.
The teams that are insured by Pet Partners present the "Reading to the Cat and Dogs!" programs. Some of the animals who visit the library are the cat, Grizzley, and the dogs Dory, Murdock, Neville, and Zeph.
For more information, please contact the Caring Paws web site: www.caring-paws.org or the Pet Partners site: www.petpartners.org
All therapy animals are current on vaccinations and insured by the groups.
Therapy Dogs International (TDI)
Therapy Dogs International (TDI) was formed in 1976 in New Jersey so that dogs could be certified, insured and registered as volunteer Therapy Dogs. All registered dogs have been tested for therapy dog work by certified TDI evaluators and are current on vaccinations. While many dogs provide companionship in the home, not all dogs are qualified or have the temperament suited to be a therapy dog.
At the WLPL, our program is publicized as "Reading to the Dogs." Some of the dogs who visit the library are Daisy, Frankie, Java, Jill, & Sugar. TDI members will be presenting a program on dog safety in June as part of the summer reading club series of events.